Unite, the UK’s largest construction union, is warning that widespread disruption is anticipated at Eggborough power station in Goole, if strikes by scaffolders go ahead.
The scaffolders who are employed by Cape Industrial Services have recorded a 100 per cent yes vote in favour of industrial action. The first 48 hour strike will begin at 00:01 on Thursday 17 August, there will then be a further 48 hour strike starting on Monday 21 August.
The workers will then begin continuous strike action from Tuesday 29 August. An overtime ban will also begin from Wednesday 16 August.
The dispute concerns payments under the National Agreement for the Engineering Construction Industry the (NAECI agreement). The scaffolders are striking as they are only receiving category 4 payments of £15.12 an hour.
There are local agreements in place that state that when power stations are undergoing maintenance work (which is undertaken at Eggborough from April to September) the normal NAECI rate of £16.97 an hour, plus an hourly bonus of £2.37, should apply.
To further complicate matters workers employed by other contractors on the power station are paid the full NAECI rate for the entire 12 month period.
Unite regional officer Chris Weldon, said: “It is highly disappointing that Cape has so far refused to enter into serious negotiations to resolve this dispute. Our members simply want Cape to create a level playing field and pay our scaffolding members on the same basis as other workers on the site.
“If the proposed strikes take place then everyone involved at Eggborough power station should brace themselves for widespread disruption.
“Our members are taking industrial action as a last resort. This dispute could be easily avoided, if Cape accepts our members are currently underpaid and introduces measures to resolve this matter.”
For more information please contact Unite communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.